Sam Moore Backlash Swift To Reach House Floor

February 21, 2014 10:15 am

by Charlie · 12 comments

The reaction of House GOP caucus members to Sam Moore’s bill to eliminate loitering and prowling as crimes from the Georgia code – allowing those with convictions of sex crimes in schools and day care centers, is coming swiftly.  Thus far, the Majority Leader, Rules Chairman, Majority Whip, and Caucus Chairman have taken the well to denounce the bill and proclaim it as offensive and an embarrassment.

The hear of the issue was captured in this morning’s Cherokee Tribune:

Moore, in his first week in office, has turned in a bill that would overturn the crime of loitering and make it so registered sex offenders who aren’t otherwise barred from going to schools or places children gather could go to those places freely.

“I am OK with that,” Moore said Thursday, adding that he meant only those who were off parole and not barred from those places. “The reason I’m OK with that is the assumption is they have done their time. If they’re still a danger to society, they should not be free. … Am I saying it’s not creepy? It’s definitely creepy.”

The following press release is being sent by Rep John Pezold, which seems to capture the sentiment:

“I am shocked and appalled anyone would suggest that pedophiles should be allowed to loiter near day care centers, schools- the places where our children learn and play. If Mr. Moore’s mission was to come down to the state Capitol and alienate his colleagues by staking out positions that no one in their right mind could agree with, he can now hang a mission accomplished banner behind him because he has done just that.”

If Sam Moore wanted everyone’s attention, he has it.  I hope he enjoys the island he has placed himself on, because he is persona non grata in the Georgia House this morning.

griftdrift February 21, 2014 at 10:22 am

Morris News Service just tweeted the following:

“Rules Chair Meadows vows Sam Moore will never pass any bills because of child-molestation bill.”

That my friends is as close as you can get to a political death penalty.

Charlie February 21, 2014 at 10:25 am

Hopefully the good people of Cherokee County will give him a real political death sentence on May 20th.

griftdrift February 21, 2014 at 10:26 am

Surely you can’t be re-elected if you literally cannot perform the job. Your move Cherokee.

Chris Huttman February 21, 2014 at 10:55 am

Paul Broun’s constituents disagree.

Anyone But Chip February 21, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Probably not. There needs to be a new term for the level of apathy that exists in Cherokee. This candidate was questioned about his “Libertarian” leanings my moderate republicans, but when the Tea Party favorite did not make the run-off all their support went to Moore for fear of supporting a public education lover.

There are two groups that bare responsibility for Sam Moore. The voters who are too lazy to make a run-off election a priority and Tea Party supporters who are being led by a special subset of crazy that gives the county candidates such as Marlow and throws support to those such as Moore.

Doctor Strangelove February 21, 2014 at 10:45 am

Wow. Good for Meadows. Gotta respect that.

becauseisaidso February 21, 2014 at 10:40 am

Wow, Jason Spencer must be worried about his position as wacko-in-residence being challenged.

Three Jack February 21, 2014 at 11:07 am

Moore is finishing out the term of Calvin Hill who passed away not long ago. He could at least show some respect for Calvin and his family during the time that he completes Hill’s term. He failed miserably.

Doug Deal February 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm

This is called “knowing enough to be dangerous”. It is a common problem with full blown lifestyle libertarian types. Mostly harmless, though, because they are usually never handed live ammunition.

Nathan February 21, 2014 at 2:51 pm

The Georgia Republican Party has also taken notice and has issued a statement condemning the legislation:

GAGOP CHAIRMAN PADGETT JOINS REPUBLICAN HOUSE CAUCUS LEADERSHIP, CONDEMNS HB1033

(Atlanta, GA) – Today, Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett joined with Republican House Caucus Leadership in condemning House Bill 1033 and called for the legislation, in its original form, to be withdrawn.

“I unequivocally condemn House Bill 1033,” said Padgett. “This legislation does not reflect the core values of the Georgia Republican Party and will ultimately compromise the safety of our children and the future of our state. I applaud Republican House Caucus Leadership for their outspoken rejection of HB1033 and strongly urge the author to withdraw his bill immediately.”

Napoleon February 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm

For those who wanted the Party to get involved in calling out bad elected GOP officials, they got their wish.

Anyone But Chip February 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Oh the irony.

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